The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 4:20
Destruction upon destruction is cried;
&c.] Or, "breach upon
breach" F7; as soon as one affliction is over, another comes on; and
upon the news of one calamity, tidings are brought of another, as in
Job's case: it signifies, that distress and troubles would come thick
and fast, and that there would be no end of them, until there was an
utter destruction, as this phrase signifies, and the following words
show. Kimchi interprets it of the destruction of the ten tribes which
came first, and of the destruction of Judah that came now.
For the whole land is spoiled,
or "wasted" F8; that is, the land of
suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment:
either the armies of his people, which dwelt in tents, and were
destroyed at once; or the cities, towns, and habitations of his
countrymen, which he compares to tents, as being easily beat down or
overthrown; and so the Targum interprets it of cities; and the prophet
seems to intimate that this destruction would reach to Anathoth, where
his tent; cottage, and curtains were. So sudden destruction some
times comes, when men are crying Peace, peace, (1 Thessalonians 5:3) .
F7 (rbv le rbv) "contritio super contritionem", Pagninus, Montanus,
Junius & Tremellius.
F8 (hddv) "vastata", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus.